The Subterranean Railway

How the London Underground was Built and How it Changed the City Forever

Christian Wolmar

RRP: £11.99

1 November 2012

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9780857890696

RRP: £7.99

1 October 2009

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781848872530

Reissued in a new paperback package to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the London Underground.

‘I can think of few better ways to while away those elastic periods awaiting the arrival of the next eastbound Circle Line train than by reading [this book].’ Tom Fort, Sunday Telegraph

Since the Victorian era, London’s Underground has played a vital role in the daily life of generations of Londoners. In The Subterranean Railway, Christian Wolmar celebrates the vision and determination of the nineteenth-century pioneers who made the world’s first, and still the largest, underground passenger railway: one of the most impressive engineering achievements in history. From the early days of steam to electrification, via the Underground’s contribution to twentieth-century industrial design and its role during two world wars, the story comes right up to the present with its sleek, driverless trains and the wrangles over the future of the system. The Subterranean Railway reveals London’s hidden wonder in all its glory and shows how the railway beneath the streets helped create the city we know today.